Warm congratulations to Xian Wang and Jeff Park, first place winners of the First-Year Writing Program’s Anderson Award!
Established to memory of Professor David D. Anderson’s lifelong commitment to education and his excellence as a scholar and teacher, the award honors two student essays per year—one from fall, and one from spring term. Professors are allowed to nominate one student essay per section, and every spring, a committee convenes to read and discuss all the nominated essays, in order to select the winners.
First-place winner Xian Wang is from Jiangsu, China; her winning essay, “Billboard at MSU” from spring 2014, analyzed the cultural meaning of the Rock on the MSU campus, both as a gathering place and as an advertising space for the MSU community.
The winner from fall 2014 was Jeff Park, a freshman from DeWitt, Michigan. His winning essay incorporated impressive research about his future career as a film promoter, and imagined himself in that position, discussing with colleagues the various forms and methods of film distribution.
Wang and Park will each receive a $200 award, and be honored at the College of Arts and Letters convocation, in May.
Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Ghadeer Nasser and Phu Nguyen Ho, from spring 2014, and Hyonjin Kim, from fall 2014.